How to Clean a Yorkie's Ears

Clean a Yorkie's ears properly to prevent an infection from forming.
Clean a Yorkie's ears properly to prevent an infection from forming. (Image: yorkie puppy image by Joy Fera from

Yorkies are noted for their long and silky hair. The Yorkie’s hair requires a lot of grooming to keep it in good condition. Its ears need cleaning to remove dirt and debris, to prevent infections from forming and to keep your Yorkie happy. A dog’s ears needs proper cleaning, so you do not accidentally cause damage to them.

Things You'll Need

  • Tweezers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton balls
  • Ear-cleaning solution

Look at the ears to locate signs of infection. A brown or red discharge or a strange odor coming from the ears can indicate an infection. Stop grooming the ears and contact a veterinarian immediately.

Pluck loose hair from the inside of the ears with tweezers. Remove loose hairs or hairs that have matted inside the ears. Smooth the hair out with a comb or your fingers.

Dampen a cotton swab with water. Wipe the inside of the ear with the cotton swab and exchange it for a new one when it becomes dirty. Clean the ear leather, but avoid pushing the cotton swab inside the ear canal. Wipe the crevices and small areas of the ear.

Soak a cotton ball with an ear-wash formula. Squeeze out any excess ear-wash formula. Insert the cotton ball inside the dog’s ear. Rub gently to remove dirt.

Let the dog shake off the excess moisture. This will help prevent ear infections.

Tips & Warnings

  • Allow a veterinarian to clean the inside of a dog's ear canal. This will prevent you from causing damage, and it will also prevent infections from forming.
  • Do not use undiluted peroxide to clean a dog's ears.

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